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The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians
by David M. Rubenstein

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians.</b><br /><br />In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they've come to so intimately know and understand.<br /> <br /> -- <b>David McCullough</b> on John Adams<br /> -- <b>Jon Meacham</b> on Thomas Jefferson<br /> -- <b>Ron Chernow</b> on Alexander Hamilton<br /> -- <b>Walter Isaacson</b> on Benjamin Franklin<br /> -- <b>Doris Kearns Goodwin</b> on Abraham Lincoln<br /> -- <b>A. Scott Berg</b> on Charles Lindbergh<br /> -- <b>Taylor Branch</b> on Martin Luther King<br /> -- <b>Robert Caro</b> on Lyndon B. Johnson<br /> -- <b>Bob Woodward</b> on Richard Nixon<br /> --<b>And many others, including a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts </b><br /> <br /> Through his popular program <i>The David Rubenstein Show</i>, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of our most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in <i>The American Story,</i> David captures the brilliance of our most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The book features introductions by Rubenstein as well as a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library. Richly illustrated with archival images from the Library of Congress, the book is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history.<br /> <br /> Through these captivating exchanges, these bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥淔rom聽<i>The New Yorker</i>鈥檚聽beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.鈥?lt;i>鈥擡squire</i><br /><i>聽</i><br />鈥淎 whip-smart, challenging book.鈥濃€擹adie Smith 鈥?鈥淛ia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.鈥?lt;i>鈥擵ulture</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Time </i>鈥?<i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Esquire </i>鈥?<i>Elle聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Glamour</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Good Housekeeping </i>鈥?<i>The Dallas Morning News</i>聽鈥⒙?lt;i>BookPage</i></b><br /><br /> Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.<br /><br /> <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine鈥檚 journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino鈥檚 sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Trick Mirror</i></b><br /><br />鈥淛ia Tolentino is the best young essayist at work in the United States, one I鈥檝e consistently admired and learned from, and I was exhilarated to get a whole lot of her at once in聽<i>Trick Mirror</i>. In these nine essays, she rethinks troubling ingredients of modern life, from the internet to mind-altering drugs to wedding culture. All through the book,聽single sentences flash like lightning聽to show something familiar in a startling way, but she also builds extended arguments with her usual, unusual blend of lyricism and skepticism. In the end, we have聽a picture of America that was as missing as it was needed.鈥?lt;b>鈥擱ebecca Solnit, author of聽<i>Men Explain Things to Me</i><br /></b>
Little Weirds
by Jenny Slate

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><b><br /></b><b>Step into Jenny Slate's wild, unfiltered imagination in this "magical" (Mindy Kaling), "delicious" (Amy Sedaris), and "poignant" (John Mulaney) collection about love, heartbreak, and being alive -- "this book is something new and wonderful" (George Saunders).</b><b><br /></b>You may "know" Jenny Slate from her new Netflix special, "Stage Fright," or as the creator of Marcel the Shell, or as the star of "Obvious Child." But you don't really <i>know</i> Jenny Slate until you get bonked on the head by her absolutely singular writing style. To see the world through Jenny's eyes is to see it as though for the first time, shimmering with strangeness and possibility.<b> </b>As she will remind you, we live on an ancient ball that rotates around a bigger ball made up of lights and gasses that are science gasses, not farts (don't be immature). Heartbreak, confusion, and misogyny stalk this blue-green sphere, yes, but it is also a place of wild delight and unconstrained vitality, a place where we can start living as soon as we are born, and we can be born at any time. In her dazzling, impossible-to-categorize debut, Jenny channels the pain and beauty of life in writing so fresh, so new, and so burstingly alive, we catch her vision like a fever and bring it back out into the bright day with us, and everything has changed.<br /><br />
It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It
by Robert Fulghum

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

April 07, 2010

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<b>From the author to the reader:聽</b><br /><br />Show-and-Tell was the very best part of school for me, both as a student and as a teacher.<br /><br />As a kid, I put more into getting ready for my turn to present than I put into the rest of my homework. Show-and-Tell was <i>real</i>聽in a way that much of what I learned in school was not. It was education that came out of my life experience.<br /><br />As a teacher, I was always surprised by what I learned from these amateur hours. A kid I was sure I knew well would reach down into a paper bag he carried and fish out some odd-shaped treasure and attach meaning to it beyond my most extravagant expectation.聽<br /><br />Again and again I learned that what I thought was only true for me . . . only valued by me . . . only cared about by me . . . was common property. The principles guiding this book are not far from the spirit of Show-and-Tell. It is stuff from home鈥攖hat place in my mind and heart where I most truly live.<br /><br />P.S. This volume picks up where I left off in <i>All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, </i>when I promised to tell about the time it was on fire when I lay down on it.
Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts
by Clive James

Language

English

Pages

876

Publication Date

September 17, 2008

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<p><strong>"I can't remember when I've learned as much from something I've read鈥攐r laughed as much while doing it." 鈥擩acob Weisberg, <em>Slate</em></strong></p><br /><p>This international bestseller is an encyclopedic A-Z masterpiece鈥攖he perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism. Clive James rescues, or occasionally destroys, the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the twentieth century. Soaring to Montaigne-like heights, <em>Cultural Amnesia</em> is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost.</p>
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

December 05, 2017

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<i>Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: </i>鈥淚f I鈥檓 ninety and believe I鈥檓 forty-five, I鈥檓 headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub.鈥?lt;br /><br /><i>On cultural perceptions of fantasy:</i> 鈥淭he direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 鈥榚scapism鈥?an accusation of?鈥?lt;br /><br /><i>On breakfast:</i> 鈥淓ating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In the last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula鈥檚 blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it:聽鈥淗ow rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.鈥?lt;br /><br /> 鈥淭he pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them.鈥?鈥?Melissa Febos, <i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淲itty . . . deeply observed.鈥?鈥?<i>USA Today</i><br /> 聽<br /> 聽鈥淎 book that truly does matter.鈥?鈥?<i>Houston Chronicle</i>
Letters from an Astrophysicist
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Language

English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world鈥檚 largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.</p><br /><p>Tyson鈥檚 2017 bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em> offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson鈥檚 most candid and heartfelt writing yet, <em>Letters from an Astrophysicist</em> introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson鈥檚 quest to explore our place in the cosmos.</p>
Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

134

Publication Date

April 14, 2009

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David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites<i> </i>as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").<br /><br />No matter what your favorite holiday, you won't want to miss celebrating it with the author who has been called "one of the funniest writers alive" (<i>Economist</i><i>).</i>
Modern Love, Revised and Updated: True Stories of Love, Loss, and...
by Broadway Books

Language

English

Pages

290

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>The most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past fifteen years of the聽<i>New York Times</i>聽鈥淢odern Love鈥?column鈥攊ncluding stories from the upcoming anthology series聽starring Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, and John Slattery</b><br /><br /><i>A young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man鈥檚 promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorc茅e in her seventies looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships.</i><br /><i>聽</i><br />These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in聽<i>Modern Love, Revised and Updated,</i> featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in聽<i>The</i>聽<i>New York Times</i>聽鈥淢odern Love鈥?column since its debut in 2004.<br />聽<br />Some of the stories are unconventional,聽while others hit close to home. Some reveal the way technology has changed dating forever; others explore the timeless struggles experienced by anyone who has ever searched for love. But all of the stories are, above everything else, honest. Together, they tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and鈥攚hen we鈥檙e lucky鈥攅ndure.<br />聽<br />Edited by longtime 鈥淢odern Love鈥?editor Daniel Jones and featuring a diverse selection of contributors鈥攊ncluding Mindy Hung, Trey Ellis, Ann Hood, Deborah Copaken, Terri Cheney, and more鈥攖his is the perfect book for anyone who鈥檚 loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.

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